Unmotivated Visitors Play Low Impact Matches on SaturdayPublished July 18, 2020 by Florin P
Primeria Liga and Premier League teams lock horns in low profile games that lack clear objectives on Saturday afternoon.
Football action continues unabated on Saturday but no high profile match is scheduled for this day. Italian and Portuguese fans enjoy most of the games, with a single match scheduled in the English Premier League. Norwich and Burnley play a game with low stakes, while AC Milan players will have their hands full in the quest for a Europa League berth.
AC Milan Welcome Bologna for a Must-Win Match
Home pitch advantage used to mean a great deal to AC Milan, but this is no longer the case because no fans will be cheering from the stands. Luckily for them, they play against a team that lacks motivation and comes to town happy to settle for a point. Bologna used to cause them plenty of headaches in the past, but today are priced at 5/1 by bet365 Sports to produce an upset. Betting on the hosts to prevail will result in odds of 1/2, as they are in dire need for a win to climb on the fifth place.
Rio Ave Take on Apathetic Santa Clara
Rio Ave play at home against Santa Clara and the two teams are separated by 10 points. The hosts are far more engaged in this fixture, as victory will see them overtake Famalicao who sit in the fifth place. This spot is eligible for the Europa League playoffs so it makes sense to trust the hosts at odds of 1/2 to pick up three points. By comparison, a bet on the visitors to prevail will result in odds of 5/1 at bet365 Sports.
Famalicao Aim for the Last Playoffs Place
The other match played in the Portuguese first division on Saturday evening at 9:15 PM UK time is between Famalicao and Boavista. Once again, the hosts need victory more, whereas the visitors could settle for one point as they lack any clear objective. 888 Sport prices a home win at 1/2 and offers odds of 5/1 on the visitors to stop the hosts in their tracks.
Relegated Norwich Play against Complacent Burnley
An English Premier League match would normally catch the eye of football fans, but the 5:30 PM UK time fixture between Norwich and Burnley is anything but exciting. Home pitch advantage means nothing for the hosts who are already relegated who get odds of 5/2 to pick up a rare victory. Burnley are the better team, hence the odds of 13/10, but they sit comfortably at the middle of the standings. There is very little to fight for in this match could well and undecided, an outcome which benefits from odds of 23/10.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, July 16 at 3 pm UK time.